Thursday, April 02, 2009

Air New Zealand Cancelling Flights Due to Lunch Breaks

Air New Zealand will have to cancel 25 regional flights each week, because its air traffic control staff have to eat lunch at scheduled times, according to a statement from the carrier.

Changes in the Employment Relations Act, which came into effect on Wednesday, April 1st, will see the Air Line Pilots Association insisting that members take their breaks at scheduled times rather than working flexibly as they have in the past. Air New Zealand says this means the Civil Aviation Authority from Wednesday will be forced to close five towers, twice each day, for 30-45 minutes.

Air New Zealand short haul head Bruce Parton said it was farcical that services to five regional airports would have to be cancelled. Regional customers will face disruption and reduced frequency as Air New Zealand is forced to remove approximately 2500 seats each week from regional capacity. Air New Zealand also stands to lose up to $3 million in revenue through the cancellation of these services to Gisborne, Napier, New Plymouth, Rotorua and Invercargill Airports."We appear to be the victims of an overly rigid dictate to business on how to achieve a healthy and safe workplace", Parton said.

There are many other airlines that fly between the U.S. and New Zealand. Contact a Professional Travel Agent today to book your vacation to the South Pacific!

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